Silver Spring will soon have its own Eastern-Market-style street market, the Fenton Street Market. With two inaugural weekends this fall (September 12th and October 3rd) the market will be open every Saturday, beginning Spring of 2010. The Market owes its existence largely to Hannah McCann, a Silver Spring resident of 12 years who saw the empty lot on the busy corner of Fenton St. and Silver Spring Avenue and thought it was “a shame that nothing happens there." After a few phone calls she had a "Yes" from the property owners and eventually worked with Montgomery County to figure out the rest.
Development of downtown Silver Spring has meant new energy and new businesses, making it hard for some to compete. Ergo, McCann says there is concern that "some of the smaller businesses will be priced out by the new business.” Her plan for the market is to bring unique vendors to the area with the hope of encouraging new small businesses to move into Silver Spring to accent those currently serving the community.
McCann hopes to have a mix of crafts, art, antiques and services, like a Henna artist and an orchid seller who teaches repotting, but has been working with the founders of the Eastern Market and is following their advice to be open-minded about the type of vendors. Timed to correspond with the nearby farmer's market, Fenton Street Market could become a natural next step in a Silver Spring Saturday afternoon.
McCann said she is trying to take care of licenses and insurance and to keep booth space inexpensive. Both 10 x 10 and 10 x 20 booths are available and range from $15 to $25 a day. And really, where else can you rent space at that price this side of Kabul.
The market's hours for the public are 9 AM to 2 PM. Free parking is available in public lots across Fenton Street. Vendors should plan to arrive at 7 AM.